Sunday, May 25, 2014

Daniel Friedman Returns to Town

Posted By on Sun, May 25, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Buck is back. That’s Baruch “Buck” Schatz, 88 years old and retired from the Memphis Police Department, but he’s still got a way with words and he’s not afraid to use them. As in this exchange between Buck and a young detective on the force (the subject, crime in general; the asterisks not in the original):

“That’s how you and I are different,” Buck says. “You look at crime as a computer program. As a collection of statistics. It’s easy to take a compassionate view of criminals when you treat them as a group of the disenfranchised and the downtrodden. You have to sympathize with them in the aggregate, because on an individual basis, these mother****ers are goddamn intolerable. And statistics turn the suffering of the victims into an abstraction. Crime, to me, was always personal; a thing people do to each other.”

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Salinger Goes Digital (Legitimately) Thanks to Devault-Graves

Posted By on Sat, May 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

It’s official: On the evening of May 21st, fans of J.D. Salinger could do something they couldn’t do before: Go to Amazon, type in “J.D. Salinger” and “ebook,” and download the result onto their Kindles. This makes Three Early Stories (for $9.99 and at just under 80 pages) the first time Salinger’s been made available in ebook form, and readers have Memphis-based Devault-Graves Digital Editions to thank.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Gala for a Good Cause

Posted By on Tue, May 20, 2014 at 4:20 PM

For nearly a century and a half, the Lotos Club, located today in an impressive townhouse on New York City’s Upper East Side, has counted major writers, journalists, and critics as members. Lifelong member Mark Twain once called it the “ace of clubs.” And that’s where, last week, the club hosted a reception honoring two former Memphians: writers Anna Olswanger and Vince Vawter.

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